My previous two cars were fitted with reversing sensors, and I am in the process of getting some reversing sensors fitted to my new car. Whilst I am at it, I thought it may be worth fitting some reversing sensors to the motor home at the same time. Many people consider reversing sensors aids for people who can’t park, however I have to disagree. With more and more vehicles on the road we are getting tight on space, and when you combine this with parking spaces that are getting smaller and smaller – reversing sensors just make sense, and when you consider a set of reversing sensors cost a little under £200 (professionally sprayed to match the color of vehicle and also fitted) they are a fraction of the cost of a new bumper and repairing a ‘dinked’ vehicle.
I have invested a lot of money in the Accordo 120 and reversing sensors seem to make financial sense. I don’t care much for the bravado and the “I’m a man I don’t need reversing/parking sensors” attitude is plain arrogant and stupid. If the technology is there to stop me denting my pride and joy, and I can afford it, I am going to get it.
Even though I have a reversing camera on the motor home I struggle to use this for backing up close to things. Sure, you can see what’s behind you but the angle of view is so different to what I would normally see I can’t judge the distance. There are times when the camera shows I am real close to something, and when I jump out of the van there is a huge (and I mean huge) gap. Similarly, there are times when the camera shows I have a good distance to reverse, and when I get out of the van I am almost touching it! The motor home wasn’t cheap and the last thing I want to do is bend it because I can’t use the reversing camera!
When I reverse the van I kick the other half out to guide me, and make sure I don’t hit anything. This is fine when reversing on to a pitch at a campsite but when driving to/from the campsites, or using the motorhome for days out kicking the wife out isn’t always a great solution.
The other problem with kicking the wife out to guide me is the weather. When it is nice and sunny she doesn’t mind. When it is cold but dry, she is not as keen but she does get out without too much of a fuss. When it is raining (or worse still wet and cold) my other half is a bit more reluctant and it doesn’t appeal to her, which I can totally understand.
I would arrange for Chameleon (the company who fitted the reversing/parking sensors on my previous cars) to fit the parking sensors tomorrow, however I don’t know if this would affect the warranty or invalidate it. I know that if I attacked the rear bumper of the motor home with a drill and wired up some reversing sensors I would invalidate the warranty, but if I had a professional firm do it?.......
I had a discussion with a work colleague who said that when they bought their brand new vehicle they had to get the extras done at an approved dealer (and suffer main dealer prices yet still have trainees and apprentices do the work) in order to keep the warranty. Using any other company or firm would invalidate their warranty regardless of how good the firm were or how long they have been established.
I have to say I am a bit concerned about this as the last thing I want to do is invalidate my warranty by getting a firm I trust (and who are more than capable of doing the job) to fit some parking sensors. I have emailed Elddis to see where I stand with the warranty, but I have not heard a thing from them. It has been a few days now, and I have to say that I am not overly impressed with the Elddis’ aftersales service/total lack of communication. Oh well…………………..
Rather than wait for Elddis to return my email I think I’ll end up calling them to speak to a person, or go to a local Elddis dealer and see what they have to say about my reversing sensors dilemma. I suppose the need isn’t ever so urgent at the moment, I mean I still have my better half to jump out and yell at me before I hit anything.